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  • The Frequency of Aliens

  • Sorrow Falls, Book 2
  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Annie Collins is back! Becoming an overnight celebrity at age 16 should have been a lot more fun. Not helping matters: she’s the only kid in school with her own pet spaceship. She would love it if things found some kind of normal, but as long as she has control of the most lethal - and only - interstellar vehicle in existence, that isn’t going to happen. Worse, things appear to be going in the other direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love little Annie Collins!

  • By Tommy on 02-08-18

Annie has flaws too

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

First thing I found unnerving was the narrator's voice, then I began to like it. The voice just took some getting used to.
One interesting note regarding this audio book is that whatever medium I used, be it car stereo, phone, Bluetooth earbuds or tv stereo, I always had the have the volume extremely high to be able to discern the narrator's words. I think this might be an issue with the audio book since this is not the case with most of my audio books.
Regarding the book, it showed our heroinne Annie in a flawed state, not keeping her ear to the ground because of the business and newness of college. A realistic departure from the 16 year old Annie of the first book keeping herself busy and nosy about Sorrow Falls as a respite from her mother's ills.
I expect I will listen to both current books multiple times.

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,499

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The middle sags with repetition

  • By KM on 02-14-18

Same Bishop and Skippy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Pros:
Audio books and these characters in particular make my day more interesting as a SAHM.
Cons:
Bray accidentally used Nagathas voice while he was impersonating Skippy a few times. He corrected himself quickly though.
--- I did not purchase 4.5. It seemed like a cheap shot by the author or his management. Well, somebody. Maybe I'm missing out for not getting it, but a side story to the main one is clunky and seems desperate to me...

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162,553

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Good Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I'm not sure if this is due to the author or due to Wil Wheaton being the narrator, but it's really annoying when someone is saying "then", "and then" probably a few hundred times.
I didn't really care for the derision of those with religious leanings but I did not let that get in the way of being able to enjoy a good story.

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me!?!

  • By Lance on 08-09-17

informative!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

There were moments that the narration was off putting, but it was not a perpetual problem, and by no means outweighed the good.
Enjoyed this Audiobook immensely and look forward to implementing the information next week for my husband and in a few months for myself once I'm done breastfeeding.

  • Rediscovering Americanism

  • And the Tyranny of Progressivism
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Mark R. Levin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

In Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin revisits the founders' warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we've ended up. Levin returns to the impassioned question he's explored in each of his best-selling books: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such an awesome book, narration did not suit me.

  • By Nola R. on 08-20-17

Great book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I can't make myself listen to this book because the voice is droll. A real big issue for me: it's hard to differentiate when he is done with a quote and is then expounding on the quote.
I enjoy Mark Levin's radio shows and material, so the voice is a disappointment.
I'll be purchasing the book so I can read it instead. Sad, I get audiobooks as I don't have much free time to myself to read, so it sort of defeats the purpose of Audible, in this particular case.
----- EDIT: I think I was too harsh on the narrator. The subject matter of the book and the long sentence structure probably make these type of narration more difficult, than say, a story narration. I did purchase the book and am able to follow along better but I wonder if that is just my ability (or lack thereof) to understand complex thought and hearing it versus reading it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,561
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,998

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An OK end to an otherwise great trilogy.

  • By Okkin on 06-08-16

Much better than other reviews led me to believe

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-17

As usual, R.C. Bray was a great narrator. I thoroughly enjoy his retellings, seek them out, actually.
As for the story... well, I was reticent to be dissapointed. I had read many reviews that were negative, so I put off purchasing this book. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded.
Niels dictatorship, empowered by Aiolas(?) cloak and dagger tactics were sickening to hear. Some measure of justice prevailed at least a little with their uprooting of power. The old adage that the ends does not justify the means rings true.
I'll probably read again in a year or so.

  • Contact

  • Alien Invasion, Book 2
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 680

Find the missing. Fear the found. Three months have passed since the aliens' arrival, but little has changed in the skies. Motherships still hover, impervious to attack and communication. Spherical shuttles ferry about with unclear intentions. But the abductions of select humans have ended, and most of those taken have been returned - dazed, incoherent, and prophesying glory or doom, but home where they belong. Still, nine seemingly unconnected people remain missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait....what just happened???

  • By Rob Thomas on 02-10-16

good story despite reviews to the contrary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-16

I normally put a lot of stock in reviews and striclty based on reviews I probably would not of listened to this book. However I was thinking about it and realised I can't base everything on other people's experience. Especially something like literature. So, against my reviews-sence, I decided to go along with the book and I enjoyed it. The layout -or unfolding- of the story does have a different flow from the first book. One person commented that the story itself didn't go forward and I partially agree.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,098

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

enjoy the strange-ness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

so I was a little skeptical but my fears were unfounded. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and I'm hoping I can get my husband to listen to just a few minutes and I'm certain he will want to hear the rest. I very much enjoyed the quips of popular culture references. Give it a shot, it's rather entertaining!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,653

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Where Are The Rest?!

  • By ByEqualMeasure on 09-14-15

Great Story, Awesome Narrator, can't wait for more

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Enjoyed the characters rising to the occasion, was not able to quit listening. This one is a keeper!

  • The Screwtape Letters

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Joss Ackland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep! Very intriuguing!!! Wonderful Listen!

  • By Goose on 09-30-13

Great Narrator for a Great Story/Allegory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

I think I will listen to this a few times a year, so as to keep on the forefront of my mind the ways that I can be manipulated and so guard my heart.

What did you like best about this story?

Screwtape was so devious yet it seemed very natural. I understand this put quite a strain on C.S. Lewis. and can see how this can be depressing.

Have you listened to any of Joss Ackland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not, but I will definitely look into his other works!

Any additional comments?

A must for skeptics.